Written by Lysha Rohan of Lalco Residency.
India is one of the most beautiful countries of the world with great states and cities to deliver the majestic history of arts and crafts. It is all because of the ancient monuments and statues that have left India with rich and respected archaeological background. When you refer to the state of Rajasthan, you think about great folk numbers, traditional dresses, antique jewelry, pottery, hand knotted rugs, etc. Above all, Rajasthan is blessed to have Jaipur as its pink city with amazing wonders and monuments.
If you are planning to visit the pink city of India anytime during the next vacation, then here are some of the most interesting wonders that you must visit in Jaipur.
1: HawaMahal: The Palace of Winds: The HawaMahal is located in the heart of the city and is famous for its unique architectural shape. People in India are a great devotee of Lord Krishna and the entire monument is based on the shape of his divine crown. It is one of most beautiful places to visit during the travel to the city of Jaipur. The structure is built as a high screen monument with the help of pink and red sandstone. The most exceptional thing to note about the monument is the 953 Jharokhas i.e. windows that make an attractive design when viewed from the outside. The beautiful HawaMahal should be visited when the sun rays fall directly on the structure of the building making it look more rich and elegant.
2: Jantar Mantar: The Astrology Garden: Though technology has advanced these days with a lot of new developments, but during the early 17th century, the Maharaja of Jaipur had invented something unique. An awesome piece of architecture was perceived in the form of a building which comprised a set of 14 colossal astronomical instruments for considering the date, star alignments, exact location of the earth and the sun and for predicting the eclipses. The structure was accurate and ahead of its time when it was built. The said structure is still intact in the pink city and the can be seen in the form of the monument named ‘Jantar Mantar’.
3: Amber Fort: The Wonder of India: If you are visiting Jaipur, you cannot miss visiting the amazing Amber Fort that is a wonderland of great paintings and art structures. By visiting the Amber Fort, one gets an idea about the rich culture and art of the city. Moreover, there is a Sheesh Mahal located in the Amber Fort, that is made up of mirrors and just mirrors. It is sure for one to get lost in the Sheesh Mahal during the visit. Also, the mirrors are arranged in a way that a single ray of sunlight would light-up the entire Mahal. If you love to see the reflections of infinite mirrors, patterned mosaics, and colored glasses then this is the right place to visit during the visit to Jaipur.
4: The Nahargarh Fort: Overlooking the Pink City: The history behind the Nahargarh Fort is quite fascinating. Though it was named after the late Maharaja Nahar Singh, there was a shrine built at the fort for the spirit of the Maharaja to reside. The Fort is now also a place for the Wax Museum and Glass Palace. As the Fort is located on the height of the Aravalli hills, one can oversee the entire city and the lake through it. You can also find an amazing restaurant located on the top of the fort which makes it an ideal spot for a family outing.
5: Albert Hall Museum: If you are interested in the historic arts and craft in the forms of paintings, sculptures, armory, ceramics, bandhani designs, etc then the Albert Hall Museum is the right place for you during your visit to Jaipur. The Museum is also famous for having an Egyptian Mummy from the Ptolemaic Kingdom. The domes of this hall are built in the shape of an onion which gives ita unique appearance. It also has some great harem windows which attract the attention of photographers for its photogenic ambiance. People really find it amazing to have a selfie clicked with the hall in the background.
Apart from the different monuments and architectural structures, the pink city is also famous for the folk singers and musical notes. The designs and patterns of textiles here are quite different and more colorful than what you would normally find in India. People from across the globe are in love with the antique jewelry and Jaipuri sandals (Jooti) that the city has to offer to the visitors. The wonders of Jaipur never end with few specific historic monuments; everything about the city is itself a wonder just like their typical Rajasthani style food.
Jaipur is the capital city of Rajasthan and offers good connectivity to all the other major cities in India and some international destinations as well. The Sanganer International airport remains busy throughout the year and is not located very far away from the city. Cabs and public transport system is pretty popular among people and is available 24 hours your convenience.
Have you been to Jaipur? What is your favorite thing to do in Jaipur that you’ve seen or read about in this article?